The Art of Rocket Engineering

J. D. Hunley

in U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031781
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038568 | DOI:
The Art of Rocket Engineering

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This book has argued that the basic process of developing rocket technology involves engineering more than rocket science. In making this point, it follows the general theses of Edwin Layton, Walter Vincenti, and Eugene S. Ferguson about the differences between engineering and science—in particular their discussions of engineers' emphasis on doing as distinguished from scientists' knowing, on the centrality of design to engineering, and on the role of art in what engineers do.

Keywords: rocket development; rocket technology; rocket design; Edwin Layton; Walter Vincenti; Eugene S. Ferguson

Chapter.  4465 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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